Hello, I've been wanting to build an HTPC for some time now, and finally I decided to start breaking everything down. I built the PC i'm currently using so I have an IDEA of what to do, but alot of the new technology, and specifications still baffle me. Needs: Blu-Ray/DVD drive At least a DVD burner...blu-ray/dvd combo? Photo memory card reader Video Card/ Sound card to support high resolution video & audio(5.1 surround) Preferably 2 Hard Drives...small one dedicated for OS, large one to store pictures, music, movies. Maybe use an external HD instead? DVI Output Bluetooth? DVR? I prefer vista... ...This was my original list of things I wanted it to include, while also capable of general PC usuage, with a bit of gaming. . Here's the general idea of what I have chosen, with a goal of $1000(I overshot that a bit ) Case: Silverstone GD01MX with lcd & imon accessories-$249 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2929610&Sku=S35-1139 Motherboard: Asus M2n SLI-$279 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...etails.asp?EdpNo=3735685&Sku=MBM-M2NSLI-9500A or Asus P5K-E Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131196 Intel 2.4ghz 1mb cache 775 CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116070 or Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard CPU Bundle - AMD Phenom X4 9500 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...details.asp?EdpNo=3716109&Sku=MBM-M3A32-9500A Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2-$58 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16820145034 Video Card: 8800GT-$149 after rebate, 512mb, 1800mhz memory clock, 600mhz core clock http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16814150252 or 8800GS-$119 after rebate, 384mb, 1600 mhz memory clock, 680mhz core clock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150276 Power Supply: Corsair 620W Modular PSU-$145 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002&Tpk=corsair+620 or Seasonic 600W-$139 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151030 Optical Drive: LG ALL Format reader(including hd-dvd), dvd & cd burner-$199 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16827136133 or Sony Blu Ray,dvd, cd reader-$189(Great Reviews)...Buy a dvd burner later on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131054 Hard Drive: OS: Seagate Barracuda 7200:10 160gb-$50.99(may up this to 320 or 500gb for $69 or $99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148230 Media: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750gb-$129.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148298 Wireless Networking Cardif not included in the mobo) Linksys PCI 802.11g-$49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124139 TV Playback/DVRStill undecided if I want the tv tuner) Hauppauge TV/FM Tuner PCI-$94.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116010 HeatsinkMay or may not need a heatsink...) Artic Cooling Heatsink-$29.99 http://www.frozencpu.com/cpu-arc-09.html As you can see, I'm having the most trouble picking out a motherboard. Right now I am leaning towards the SLi with a linksys wifi adapter, or the M3A32(a tad expensive however). Unless I can find a suitable cpu to go with the p5k wifi board. Some people have recommended each one, other say they are overkill, others say its a bad idea & don't give a suggestion...so i'm pretty confused right now. I certainly want this rig to last a long time, with the ability to upgrade it when the need arises. I also want it to be as quiet as possible. Ill be checking this thread often, so if you are unclear about anything, feel free to throw it out there. I appreciate your help with this project! ...sorry if there is a duplicate thread floating around. It kept throwing me back to the forum index but I couldn't another post.